Moto G helped Motorola to make a big comeback in the emerging markets like India. Thanks to its excellent price to feature ratio and smooth performance, the phone ended up being the benchmark for the budget phones in India. The company now owned by Lenovo, improvised the 2nd generation of their phone to come up with a new 3rd generation to compete with Xiaomi and other chinese handsets coming in India
Build & Design
In terms of design, the phone’s slightly similar to the second generation Moto G complete with its dual-front grilles – the one at the top is the earpiece while the other one is the speaker outlet. The two grilles don’t feature chrome inserts and are more subtle, similar to the second-gen Moto X. The removable back cover of the phone now sports a ribbed texture (diagonally)that improves the grip and aids ergonomics. The phone feels solid and durable, and we did not notice any wobbles or squeaks. Removing the cover reveals the two micro-sim slots, a microSD card slot and a sealed battery. Just like the original Moto G, the third-gen version is customisable with its optional, multi-coloured back panels.
The back now features a metallic strip that houses the 13MP camera, a new dual-LED flash and the indented Motorola logo. The strip gives the phone a slightly fancy look.The power and volume keys are at the right edge, while the micro-USB port and 3.5mm headset jack are located at the bottom and top edge, respectively. The metal keys feel good, offer good tactile feedback and are very responsive.
The third-gen Moto G features a 5-inch HD (720x1280p) display. We’re not sure why Motorola decided not to upgrade the display to full-HD but it still does a good job. Viewing angles were pretty wide and colour reproduction was accurate.Text and images looked decent enough but not as sharp as how these look on full-HD displays. You’d notice some pixilation if you look at it closely. Touch response was excellent.The screen is slightly prone to smudging but that doesn’t really hamper visibility. Even sunlight legibility was good and we did not face problems while taking pictures outdoors. The screen comes with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 to guard against scratches.
The third-generation Moto G comes with Android 5.1 Lollipop. Moto G runs an almost stock version of Android complete with on-screen navigation controls. The interface is close to Google’s Nexus phones, complete with a Google Now launcher-like launcher, except that Motorola also includes some of its own system apps. The Gallery, Messagging and Camera apps have been customized by the company.
There are some additional Motorola features including Assist changes how the phone alerts you during meetings or sleep. If you’ve used an iPhone, you must have used or come across the Do Not Disturb; Assist is similar and allows you to silence or auto reply to missed calls while you’re in a meeting or sleeping. You can choose exceptions for Favourite callers or when someone calls twice.The dual-sim Moto G (third-gen) also comes with settings for managing the behaviour of two sim cards, allowing you to choose the default connection for data, calls and messaging.Other than these, you get a pretty neat slate to customize as per your own preference and use the apps that you wish to.
The third-generation Moto G sports an improved 13MP rear camera with f2.0 aperture,auto-focus and dual-LED flash and a 5MP front-facing camera for selfies. Motorola has upgraded the camera sensors, making the Moto G a great camera phone. Motorola’s camera app offers basic controls and excludes advanced granular settings for camera attributes. You’ll only see two controls — one for switching to the video camera and the other to switch between the front and rear lenses till you swipe from the edge to the right side of the screen to reveal an arc shaped dial that features controls for HDR mode, LED flash, focus & exposure, slow motion, Panorama mode, geo-tagging, widescreen mode (9.7MP) and timer.
The third-generation Moto G is a great budget smartphone combining upgraded hardware and smooth performance. The improved camera makes the device one of the best camera phones in this price range. 4G connectivity is now standard but more RAM makes multitasking a breeze. It’s also the only phone under Rs 15,000 to come with a water-resistant body. However, at Rs 12,999, the Moto G is no longer the most affordable, usable, budget smartphone. The K3 Note offered by Motorola’s parent company, Lenovo, comes with better features including a full-HD display. YU Yureka Plus and Meizu M1 Note also come with better specifications at lower price points.
Having said that we still feel the Moto G (third-gen) is a great Android phone for those who don’t want to spend a lot of money. It offers a smooth user experience and is designed to last long.